Shooting on Rooftop Restaurant Leaves 2 People Wounded
CBS Local reports that on July 13, 2019 a shooting took place on the rooftop of CRAVE restaurant located at 825 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402. A man and a woman suffered gunshot wounds and were immediately taken to a nearby hospital.
Allegedly, following the shooting, multiple fights broke out and the police resorted to using pepper spray in trying to evacuate the restaurant. Violent crime has been on the rise in the downtown area and MPD police chief Medaria Arradondo had this to say about the issue: ““A lot of our gun violence incidents, it is not just one shooter and one victim. We are seeing multiple rounds and multiple victims.” He also suggested that to alleviate the violence there needs to be more officers and resources.
Following the incident, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department will send out more patrols between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. throughout downtown on Saturdays.
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Can Restaurant Owners Be Liable For Shootings on Their Properties?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of crimevictim.attorney works closely with victims of violent crimes in civil cases and below we have asked him to share his insight on the legal options available to restaurant shooting victims and their families.
“What people need to know is that all commercial property owners are bound by law to ensure the safety of all of their customers and employees,” Kent claims. “And in order to protect their patrons from preventable dangers on the premises, these owners need to be able to provide adequate security. Things like video surveillance and parking lot lighting may be considered adequate, but there are other options as well. When restaurant owner, for instance, does or cannot provide adequate security, he or she may become liable for a violent crime if it occurs on or near their property,” Kent explains.
He also adds: “A victim’s attorney must be able to show more than inadequate security by the property owner in bringing forward a lawsuit. He or she has to additionally prove that the crime that occurred on site was reasonably foreseeable. For example, if the owner of a restaurant receives reports that shootings and stabbings are on the rise in the area and decides not to take proper precaution, he or she may be he held liable for the harm placed upon a victim. Ultimately, however, inadequate security and a reasonably foreseeable crime must be shown together for the property owner to be considered liable for a violent crime.”
If you or someone close to you has been directly impacted by a restaurant shooting, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our crime victim attorneys listed on our website today.
Location of Crave Restaurant in Minneapolis, MN
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